Knitwear Design 101 | Fabrication, part 2

In Fabrication part 1 I discussed fibre type, staple and yarn construction.  This month I’ll focus on fabric construction and how construction techniques affect knitted fabric in general terms.

Knitwear Design 101 | Fabrication, part 1

Knit and crochet designers have several duties when it comes to fabrication.  As well as considering the overall shape and silhouette of a garment, there comes the question of: Fibre type Yarn construction Fabric construction Appropriate construction techniques Appropriate finishing techniques This post focuses on fibre type and touches on yarn construction; fabric construction, construction…

Knitwear Design 101: Drop repeats and surface pattern design

The drop repeat is the most widely used method of tessellation symmetry in knitting and crochet. It can occur along a vertical axis – when most textile books will refer to it as a ‘drop’ repeat – or a horizontal axis, when it can also be referred to as a brick repeat.

Programmes and Patterns: Or, What Bugs Us About Knitting

“It’s like code!” is a phrase I’ve heard several times over the years when teaching people how to knit and crochet.  If the physical execution is muscle memory, then the pattern itself is a programme or choreography.  Another choice word, also gifted by new knitters, is “recipe”, which – although etymologically unconnected to the word…